I saw this framed sea urchin wall art at Pottery Barn and knew I wanted to make something similar for Summer. It’s large, but at a cost of $139 it’s just slightly out of my budget.
I was able to use things I already had to make something similar but on a smaller scale. The drop cloth is leftover from Ammon’s under bed fort, I bought the sand dollar punch last year from Michael’s at 40% off, the frame was 80% off from a Ben Franklin closing sale, and the beautiful paper/cards were in the Swag Bag from Creative Estates.
I love this paper and even though I don’t own a letterpress I’ll probably be buying more. It’s thick and the texture is beautiful and I feel rich when I use it. Because it is so thick, it’s a little hard to punch though. I had to use my muscles.
And because the paper is so thick, they almost look real (hubby thought they were).
Now I also have these cute little sea stars (I call them star fish, but I was told that’s not right) to use on something.
I traced around the paper insert from the frame to get the correct size of drop cloth piece. Then cut around the lines.
I laid the sand dollars on the fabric to get the amount I wanted to use and the correct spacing. I hate to measure so I didn’t. Don’t look too closely.
I didn’t have any glue dots on hand but I found this Martha Stewart glue in the drawer and it worked perfectly. I probably wouldn’t have used it if the paper wasn’t so thick though.
Once they were all glued down I let it sit for about a 1/2 hour to let it dry before I stuck it in the frame.
I love the 2 different textures together. It even looks great under the glass.
And I really like the contrast of the black frame. I have 4 of these frames that were going to be used for another project but it never happened, so you’ll see them again.
I so excited to change my mantel again so I can put out my sand dollar wall art and the driftwood. Let’s see how long I can last before I change it for Summer. I’m really liking the look of those shutters behind it, so I might be using those on the mantel too.
I’m linking to these awesome blog parties:
Get Your Craft On at Today’s Creative Blog
Tutorials and Tips Tuesday at The Stories of A2Z
Hookin Up With HOH at House of Hepworths
Friday Flair at Whipperberry
Saturday Nite Special at Funky Junk Interiors
Show and Tell Saturday at Be Different Act Normal
Think Pink Sundays at Flamingo Toes
Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and Dreaming
Motivate Me Monday at Keeping It Simple
Making the World Cuter Monday at Making the World Cuter